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Changes RS LogoDuring Suicide Prevention Week 2014, we ran a series of discussion shows hosted by Radio Saltire’s Andy Morris and Brian Glass, Information Officer with CHANGES Community Health Project based in Musselburgh.

Here’s a quick review of the subjects discussed with links to the shows for you to Replay!

Monday – Click to Play

Andy and Brian were joined by Jemiel Benisen from Haddington Citizens Advice Bureau and Yvonne Cassidy from Mussleburgh Citizens Advice Bureau. They discussed the role that CAB’s play in recognising suicidal signs in clients looking for advice from them.

All CAB staff have training to help them properly address the problem if confronted with it and the various courses of action open to them should advice and help be needed.

Tuesday – Click to Play

Brian introduced Trish Leddy, Area Manager with East Lothian Council’s Adult Services. We discussed how her department deals with individuals with suspected suicidal thoughts.

She advocated that anyone interested should obtain a copy of the ‘Chooselife’ pamphlet called ‘The Art of Conversation’ obtainable in most council offices and libraries (CLICK HERE to Download) as it contains a lot of useful information about how to talk, listen and reduce stigma surrounding suicide.

They also discussed stats that indicate a recent rise in ‘help’ calls to various agencies, but also show a marked decrease in actual suicide rates. This demonstrates that much more help is readily available now than ever before.

Wednesday – Click to Play

Wednesday’s guests were Angela Leitch, East Lothian Council’s Chief Executive and David Heaney, Acting Head of ELC’s Adult Well Being Dept.

Both explained just what services East Lothian Council provide to support for both staff and anyone directly involved in with cases. This is a learning curve for everyone but it’s being addressed in a positive manner through on going liaison with groups like ‘Changes’ and ‘Stepping Out’ who provide training for staff and rehabilitation for people with mental health issues.

Thursday – Click to Play

Andy welcomed three guests who had each suffered the trauma of suicide by either attempting it personally or seriously considering it. All had met up at East Lothian’s ‘Stepping Out’ Project and it was clear that they each benefited from their attendance there.

Together with other attendees, they had become firm friends and were now able to give each other support. Our guests explained how their lives had hit rock bottom and had it not been for the help and support from one of the numerous agencies available, they fear that they might not have been here now.

Friday – Click to Play

Andy and Brian concluded the week by summarising each discussion. They stressed that help is available and explained how to make contact.


  • IF YOU NEED HELP NOW DIAL 999 Don’t try to cope alone.

Need to talk?

  • Samaritans – 08457 90 90 90 Lines open 24hrs
  • Breathing Space – 0800 83 85 87 Lines open 24hrs at weekends (Fri–Mon: 6pm–6am) and 6pm to 2am at other times (Mon–Thurs).

Further Information

Suicide Prevention Week 2014 by Radio Saltire on Mixcloud